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                             A Summary of
      Florida Real Estate Broker Lien Statutes

Unless specifically agreed to by the owner of the real estate
that has been sold or leased, real estate brokers in Florida are
generally not permitted to file liens against property to secure
the payment of commissions for brokering either the sale or the
renting of property.  If the owner of the real estate that has
been sold or leased has agreed to permit the broker to file a
lien against the property, then the broker may file such lien.  
And real estate brokers do enjoy the same lien rights as other
people; therefore if the broker files suit for the non-payment of
a sales or lease commission and receives a judgment in their
favor then they can levy a judgment lien.  

However, in certain circumstances, Florida Statutes allow for the
direct levying of liens for
sales commissions or lease
commissions without the difficulty and awkwardness associated
with obtaining approval of the lien by the owner of the real
estate and without the time and expense associated with filing a
civil action against the party obligated to pay such commission
and securing a judgment against them.  In the case of sales
commissions, the statutory provisions even require the closing
agent to reserve from the closing proceeds enough funds to
pay the broker’s commission, therefore the broker is assured of
the availability of funds.

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